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Walking and running

Epping Forest has over 20 miles of surfaced trails and around 6,000 acres of forest to explore on foot. Whether you want a quiet lakeside stroll or are looking to train for a marathon, the Forest is a perfect place for walking and running.

The Forest is open access, which means that you can either follow one of our nine waymarked trails or the other paths marked on our Epping Forest Map (200KB) or venture off the beaten track and cut across country to discover the hidden delights of the Forest.

Waymarked trails​

Our 9 waymarked trails around the Forest which have posts along them to point you the right way. These trails are all circular, so you can pick them up at any point along them. 

To find where you can pick them up, see our interactive map or, if you'd prefer to download and print a map, see our trail map PDFs:

Find out what there is to do and see on our trails with our Where to Go guide.

To get a more detailed map showing all available routes and paths in the Forest, pop into one of our visitor centres where you can buy one for £4.95.


Many of our surfaced paths are suitable for visitors with disabilities and we have four dedicated easy access paths at High Beach, Connaught Water, Knighton Wood and Jubilee Pond. You can find out more about areas of the forest that may be accessible on our access for all page.

Walking and running events

Get active and make friends at our weekly health walks. Each walk is led by a trained walk leader as part of a regular programme. Find times and meeting points on our events page .

Other groups, including the Friends of Epping Forest and West Essex Ramblers also organise guided walks throughout the Forest.

If you enjoy running, then you could join in the weekly Wanstead Flats ParkRun or join the Orion Harriers, a local running club based in Chingford.

Organise your own walking event

Find out how to organise your own event in the Forest or at our athletics track on our licences page.

22 March 2012
Last Modified:
07 November 2019